The Review of Metaphysics

Founded in 1947, the Review of Metaphysics is a quarterly journal published by the Philosophy Education Society of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Its subject matter covers trade, technical and professional publications; philosophy; indexes, abstracts, reports, proceedings and bibliographies. Kenneth Rolling is the managing editor, Dr. Jude P. Dougherty is the editor and Justin West is the book review editor.

Articles from Vol. 59, No. 4, June

American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 79, No. 4, Fall 2005
John Scotus Eriugena: A Christian Philosopher, AVITAL WOHLMAN Most commentators find Eriugena's On the Division of Nature to be a variation on the theme of emanation, which flows from the One and back to it, bypassing concrete reality. The intention...
American Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 43, No. 1, January 2006
Forgiveness, Apology, and Retributive Punishment, J. ANGELO CORLETT This article challenges the prevalent view among philosophers that forgiveness is both a moral virtue and morally required and that moral agents who do not forgive can be held morally...
American Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 43, No. 2, April 2006
Can Humeans Ask "Why Be Rational?", EVAN TIFFANY Humeans often claim that reasons for action must satisfy an internal constraint, meaning that there must be a conceptual connection between reasons and motivation. Humeanism is special, it is alleged,...
Australasian Journal of Philosophy Vol. 84, No. 1, March 2006
The Reasons That Matter, STEPHEN FINLEY Bernard Williams's motivational reasons-internalism fails to capture our first-order reasons judgments, while Derek Parfit's nonnaturalistic reasons-externalism cannot explain the nature or normative authority...
European Journal of Philosophy Vol. 14, No. 1, April 2006
Religion In the Public Sphere, JURGEN HABERMAS This paper addresses the debate that has arisen in the wake of John Rawls's political theory, in particular his concept of the "public use of reason." How does the constitutional separation of state...
How Does Kant Prove That We Perceive, and Not Merely Imagine, Physical Objects? *
I IN THE REFUTATION OF IDEALISM and his notes to it in the B Preface, Kant frames his antiskeptical issue in terms of proving "the reality of outer sense," which requires proving that we perceive, not merely imagine, physical objects in space and...
Immediacy and Mediation in Schleiermacher's Reden Uber Die Religion
TRADITIONALLY, SCHLEIERMACHER'S REDEN UBER DIE RELIGION (1799) has been considered to emphasize intuition and immediacy as the means by which to understand and relate to the world. This reading was popularized by Wilhelm Dilthey and carried on into...
International Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 46, No. 2, June 2006
Edith Stein's Understanding of Woman, SARAH BORDEN This essay looks at Edith Stein's descriptions of the fundamental equality of yet distinct differences between women and men, and it attempts to make clear the ontology underlying her claims. Stein's...
Journal of the History of Philosophy Vol. 44, No. 3, July 2006
The Rediscovery of Peter Abelard's Philosophy, JOHN MARENBON This article surveys philosophical discussions of Abelard over the last twenty years. Although Abelard has been a well known figure for centuries, his most important logical works were...
Life as "Self- Motion": Descartes and "The Aristotelians" on the Soul as the Life of the Body
DESCARTES'S ARGUMENTS THAT THE BODY can be considered a self-propelled machine rely on a misuse of the Aristotelian concept of "self-motion." They depend upon the premise that life is self-motion, the Aristotelian definition which Descartes learned...
Mind Vol. 114, No. 456, October 2005
II. On Denoting, BERTRAND RUSSELL Has the Problem of Incompleteness Rested on a Mistake? RAY BUCHANAN and GARY OSTERTAG A common objection to Russell's theory of descriptions concerns incomplete definite descriptions: uses of, for example, "the...
Mind Vol. 115, No. 457, January 2006
The Distinction between Intrinsic and Extrinsic Properties, DAVID A. DENBY In this paper, David A. Denby proposes an analysis of the metaphysically important distinction between intrinsic and extrinsic properties and, in the process, provides a...
Philosophy Vol. 81, No. 1, January 2006
Death Sentences, CHRISTOPHER MILES COOPE This article presents an analysis of the doctrine of the sanctity of life and a defense of that doctrine against some trends in current "bioethics," particularly as exemplified in Jeff McMahan's book The...
Ratio Vol. 19, No. 1, March 2006
Free Will and the Soft Constraints of Reason, CLAUDIO F. COSTA This paper provides a new compatibilist definition of free will, which is an elaboration of the classic compatibilist view of free will as absence of restriction, with the help of the...
Recent Titles in Philosophy *
ABLONDI, FRED. Gerauld de Cordemy: Atomist, Occasionalist, Cartesian. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2005. 128 pp. Paper, $17.00. ADLER, JONATHON E. Beliefs Own Ethics. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2002. xv + 375 pp. Cloth, $40.00. ALLEN, BARRY....
Self-Consciousness and Intersubjectivity
NOTHING APPEARS LESS PROBLEMATIC than self-consciousness. Without it, no inquiry seems possible, for how can one seek knowledge unless one is aware of undertaking that quest? Moreover, consciousness of anything other than the self is always plagued...
The Myth of Atomism
Free above Scot-free, that observes no laws, Obey no governor, use no religion But what they draw from their own ancient custom, Or constitute themselves, yet they are no rebels. (1) CHARLES TAYLOR, IN TWO IMPORTANT ESSAYS, (2) offers both a refutation...
The Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 56, No. 223, April 2006
In Defence of Magical Ersatzism, D. A. DENBY David Lewis's objection to a generic theory of modality which he calls "magical ersatzism" is that its linchpin, a relation he calls "selection," must be either an internal or an external relation, and...